San Jose lost in transition

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:02 PM ET


 SAN JOSE -- Before the game, Ron Wilson went on and on and on about his club's speed and the problems it would cause Calgary's defence.

 After the game, the only speed he spoke of was how quickly his team was taken out of the game. Not only were the Flames' defencemen able to handle San Jose's feisty forecheck but they managed to parlay it into a few key Calgary goals with a lightning-quick transition.

 "After the first game, that's something we talked about getting better at -- handling their forecheck and getting the puck past their defencemen," mumbled Robyn Regehr through a mouthful of stitches courtesy of a wayward first-period puck.

 "We had too many turnovers in Game 1 and that's how they got so many scoring chances. We had to do a better job with our placement of the puck and then use our speed."

 They certainly did that last night in a 4-1 win.

 The biggest goal of the game -- Calgary's second -- was initiated behind the Flames net when Marcus Nilson dug out the puck and fed Ville Nieminen at centre before he set up Shean Donovan's breakaway.

 "Not very often are we scoring on transition -- we usually score mucker goals," said Rhett Warrener, who stressed the importance of clearing the puck quicker before the game.

 "We felt we spent too much time in our own zone in Game 1, which was something we focused on, for sure."

 Nieminen's unassisted goal and Jarome Iginla's seventh of the post-season both came on odd-man rushes as the Sharks were unable to recover from offensive forays.

 "That's why we got whipped the way we did -- we just never initiated the speed part of it at the beginning of the game," said Wilson.


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